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Desk-on-frame


Object number

RIF2342

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

95.25 x 86.36 x 43.18cm (37 1/2 x 34 x 17in.)

Date

1750-1770

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in eastern Connecticut, or possibly made in Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Maple (primary); yellow poplar (drawer linings); pine (one drawer back)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"V[inverted]," in chalk, on sides of small interior drawers; "..... James......" in graphite on exterior back of exterior drawer

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Weider, California; consigned by their estate to Christie's, New York, October 8, 2004, lot 46. Christie's, New York, January 18–19, 2007, lot 564. Stanley Weiss Collection, Providence, Rhode Island, 2008 and 2013

Associated names

Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Weider
Christie's
The Stanley Weiss Collection

Construction

Probably originally painted red. The top of the desk is dovetailed to the sides with half keys at the front and rear and five full dovetails between them. The backboard is chamfered and let into grooves in the sides and top. Each joint of the legs with the frame has two pins; the tenons for those joints are double-shouldered. Half-blind dovetails fasten the fronts of the interior drawers to the sides with half keys at the top and bottom; the grain of the wood on the bottom runs from side to side and the bottoms are glued to rabbets in all four sides. On the exterior drawer half blind dovetails fasten the drawer fronts to the drawer sides with half keys at the top and bottom; the dovetails at the back corners of the drawers are reversed. The kerf marks are long and coarse. The brasses appear to be original. Examined by P. E. Kane and M. Taradash, January 16, 2007

Bibliography

Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Folk Art, and Prints, sale cat. (October 8, 2004), 24, lot 46, ill.
Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Folk Art, Silver, Prints, and Decoys, sale cat. (January 18–19, 2007), 278, lot 564, ill.
"The Stanley Weiss Collection advertisement," Maine Antique Digest (March 2008): 33–A, ill.
"A Figured Maple Desk on Frame," www.tildenthurber.com/stanleyweiss/pages/items8/sw00824.html (accessed April 22, 2013).